“Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” Deuteronomy 13:4 “Hey, you just follow the Lord,” I told my friend. “Let Him lead, and He’ll provide all that you need.” I had woken from a much needed nap, was still drowsy, and was somewhat surprised by what tumbled from my mouth. How it rhymed anyway. Maybe not so surprised by the message. I preach it often, don’t I? And try to live by it. Just not rhymed. My life is anything but rhymed. I tend to be all over the map. I’m not a run of the mill woman. But when it comes to…

   “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8    “And above all these things put on charity [love], which is the bond of perfectness.” Colossians 3:14 “Thank you for giving me the strength to love,” I prayed as I walked along with once fast Esther the dog yet to be adopted walking behind me as I hurried along that warm South Carolina fall day. Wow. I listened to the words I had prayed. The strength to love. That’s what it takes sometimes to love, doesn’t it? Strength. Not ours. His. God’s strength. The strength of His Holy Spirit fueled by the power of His blessed Word founded rock solidly on the Lord Jesus Christ. The strength to love.   …

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” Luke 15:4 Ever feel totally insignificant in the grand scheme of things, like no matter how much you might love the Lord and desire to serve Him and to be used by Him, that whatever you do in your everyday life doesn’t seem to count compared with what everyone else who believes in Christ is doing? I had just plopped down on my stomach on my little bed, exhausted, and flipped to the back of a book I had picked up off my big yummy to-read pile of books. I love to read…

Hello everyone, Just a little update on me & Walk by Faith Ministry….As much as I didn’t want to leave Virginia where I evacuated with 10 of the ministry’s special needs and senior rescued dogs and where God blessed me with family, friends, and numerous ministry opportunities, I am now settled back in South Carolina for the time being with the hope and belief He will send me back to the VA/DC area in the future for more ministry there. His Spirit has led me into a season of rest and preparation for where He is taking me next, has taken me through the refining fire in the midst of it all, and I am humbled and blessed beyond measure at the phenomenal change in my heart as well as…

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” Psalm 95:6 “Father, please speak to me,” I prayed. “I am here to hear. Won’t you?” His answer came fast. Rapid. Look up the word. What does it mean? Dictionary.com online says rapid is, “Occurring within a short time; happening speedily.” The Lord had a message for me. For you also? Do you see? My calling for you is not to be done in a rapid period of time. Yet you rush. Do you see? Your timing is not mine. My timing is what I want. Lack of trust causes you to rush. This speed keeps you from walking in love. This is fear-based. Slow down. Wait for me. Be…

Nothing to Praise God About “O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” Psalm 30:12 Ever so struggled in life, so been steeped in depression, so faced incredibly hard circumstances, so been down and downtrodden, so been entrenched in grief over tragedies and losses, so been barely unable to come up for air due to the seemingly relentless trials of life, so looked at other people’s lives that seem so wonderful when yours never seems to be anything but miserable, so at most been thankful for the basic necessities in life with which God has provided you like food and some sort of shelter, even if nothing but a homeless shelter, or prison, yet felt there was nothing more you could imagine praising God about than…

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34 “Hey,” I told the young woman behind the Wal-Mart cash register. “Where are my vitamins? I think you gave them to the man in front of me,” I essentially told her. Uh oh. The young man, standing there with his little boy getting ready to leave now that he had paid for his groceries and placed them in his shopping cart, looked befuddled. I explained while the woman behind the register retrieved the bag in which she had placed my vitamins what had happened. “You just paid for my vitamins.” “You’ll have to go to returns to get your money…

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” John 13:23     Only God in His most magnificent mercy and grace, in His infinite and undying love, could have orchestrated this. I had plunked back down on the bed early one morning after waking initially at 4:30 am. I had prayed, praised the Lord, studied His Word, and figured I would now rest and meditate some on what was on my heart. Intimacy. Intimacy with God. And how, if the truth be told, and told it shall be, I was struggling with being immensely hungry for God’s presence and nearness, for His love and mercy, for His closeness, as close as He could possibly be to me, and…

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 One day a loved one who doesn’t know the Lord with some trepidation shared with me a concern she had about something I had been doing for a very long time. She was nervous about sharing her heart with me about it, not knowing by this point in my life I had finally come to see the Lord’s conviction, chastening, and leading me to repentance as He conforms me to Christ as a welcome yet challenging reminder of His amazing love for me – and that chastening sometimes comes via others and not only directly…

   “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1    “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 “Lara, stop looking at where you have fallen,” God’s Spirit spoke to me early one day just before I finished my still-dark-outside, indoors prayer walking, i.e. walking back and forth in an empty room while praising, praying, and seeking the Lord’s face. “Stand up and walk with me.” Just minutes before, He had said to me, “Stand fast.” Clearly He wanted me to stand – and walk. To walk with Him. Why was this on His…

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 The Lord spoke to my heart He would take me into a season of rest and preparation for where He was taking me next in life and ministry, but the rest to which He was calling me and the way He would bring me into it were not what I expected in the least. I was not surprised after 20 years of pushing myself beyond description in my work, coupled with numerous personal challenges, that He wanted me to enter into a season of both physical rest as well as learning to rest in His love and provision for me, in His sovereignty and care, His forgiveness and mercy, His promises and…

When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers “And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” Psalm 35:38 “Thank you Lord for not answering my prayers,” I praised the Lord aloud as I led paralyzed dog Miss Mercy back inside from a little walk in her wheelchair. “You know what’s best.” I could not have been more surprised at my outspoken praise, nor could I have been more thankful for the delight and joy in my heart after a long period of discouragement, frustration, and disappointment, stress, complaining, self-pity and pride, not to mention fear and worry, distrust and unbelief all emanating from my throwing my two-year-old temper tantrum fists up in the air at God for not answering my cries – not answering…

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3 It was 6:13 am when I hurried to my computer to write what had just happened. Not exactly the time most people are flying around a spare room with sparkly blue epoxy flooring like a ballerina, a brand new song forming as words on wings joined the dance high aloft in the air, word by word coming forth from my mouth that has spent decades spewing forth  negativity, complaining, self-pity, pride, control, worry, bitterness, anger, vengeance, anything but joy and godliness. But there I was, a flopped and failed ballerina whose several adult ballet classes had ended as quickly as they…

IN THE REFINING FIRE YOU RISE “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” 1 Peter 1:6-7 My dear friends, to those of you as I am who are in the fiery heat of God’s refining fire, the smoke so thick you feel you cannot see which is yet an opportunity to learn to walk by faith, may this little piece the Spirit of God placed inside my heart minister to you and encourage you to press on in the Lord. Let us…

 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5 ESV     You’ve probably heard the expression before about seeing your life as a half full cup or a half empty one. In other words, focusing on the good versus the bad. Looking at your life negatively or with a positive, thankful attitude. Do you tend to focus on what’s wrong in your life, or what’s right? Are you prone to being sad, discouraged, self-pitying, disgruntled, complaining, etc. about what you’re missing in life? Or are you prone to praising the Lord for His endless blessings? The psalmist in Psalm 23 doesn’t write of a half empty versus half full cup. He…

“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. . . Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150 ESV)    One day I sent a beloved friend and mentor an e-mail with the words on the subject line, “.” I shared with her something beautiful God had done in my life that took under 5 minutes. Less than 24 hours later, she sent me a reply e-mail sharing with me her joy over the praise. When I saw again the words, “Amazing praise,” something dawned on me. What I had shared with her, in the grand scheme of things, in the world’s eyes, in the context…

God, Why Won’t You Take This from Me? “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 “God, why won’t you take this from me?” I asked the Lord for the umpteenth time. I had been carrying a burden, a weight, a responsibility, for so long, and cried out to Him so incessantly for relief, and so not gotten the relief I so desperately wanted, that it was unfathomable to me why He would not relieve me of the load I carried when I wanted…

 “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.” Psalm 116:7     I am learning to rest. Oh, how hard it is to do. I am restless by nature. I think I was born worrying and trying to figure things out. I have had a larger-than-life sense of responsibility for as long as I can remember. Do this, do that, accomplish this, accomplish that, help this situation, help that one, help this person, help that one. Imagine my surprise when the Lord responded to my continual cries for an answer to some of my challenges when I spent several weeks in Virginia following the Hurricane Matthew evacuation by telling me He was sending me back to South Carolina for a season…

Hi everyone, Due to exceeding fatigue resulting from many years of full-time ministry work along with caring for a big crew of special needs & senior rescued dogs with virtually no help on a bare-bones personal income & ministry budget coupled with the ongoing trials of life, I am entering into a season of rest as I seek the Lord, grow in my relationship with Him, and as He continues to refine me and conform me to Christ and prepare me for where He is leading me in ministry. I will be writing Daily Inspiration only if and as the Lord leads me, will be reducing my ministry responsibilities for this season, and will not be able to return correspondence as quickly as I would like. If you have an…

I’ve heard it often said God will use a mule, or ass, to do something He desires in a person – as He did in the Old Testament. In my case, He used a hurricane. I had not been away in six years because of all the dogs in my care, and thought it was impossible to go anywhere for even a night. With 24 hours’ notice for a mandatory evacuation, He provided everything I needed to get in a cargo van with 10 special needs & senior rescued dogs and sent me to Virginia outside the DC area where He had been speaking to my heart He would send me back to for the purpose of ministry. I have been here for several weeks now,…

   “See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers…” Deuteronomy 1:8 NIV    “Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers…” Deuteronomy 1:8 KJV     “See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, told you…” Deuteronomy 1:21 NIV    “Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee…” Deuteronomy 1:21 KJV     “Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey,…

 “And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.” Deuteronomy 6:22-23 underlining added     The Lord brought the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt to bring them into the promised land. Though the first generation of the people came physically out of Egypt, they did not enter into the promised land because they didn’t leave behind their sin most prominently their unbelief. To come into a new place geographically, we have to come out of where we have been. To come into a new country, we have to come…

Why Won’t You Answer Me God? “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:2-8 I cry out to God. I cry out…

How NOT to Make a Decision “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19 Feelings, feelings, feelings. Some people aren’t in touch with them. Some people are in touch with them but don’t make too big a deal out of them. Some people are so in touch with them it’s hard to see around them. One of the biggest mistakes I have ever made was when years ago I came under the world’s teaching of how vitally important it is to be in touch with one’s feelings and to learn how to live by them in an…

   “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:9-15    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…” Romans 1:16 Practice what…

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 I love the Lord with every single fiber of my being. I am devoted 24-7 to loving and serving Him with every ounce of my heart and life. I dedicate my life 100% to the Lord and ministry. Anyone who meets me knows within about five minutes how I passionately, relentlessly, continually seek to love, honor, worship, adore, revere, fear, please, and serve Him, and how desperately I desire to fulfill my life’s calling to help people to find, love, and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet contrary to what some might believe given my over-the-top,…

   “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.:1 Samuel 3:1.    “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and…

 “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9 Do you trust me? I heard the Spirit of God speak to me as I walked briskly up and down the hallways of the hotel where I am staying with five of the ministry’s dogs after the recent hurricane evacuation. “Yes,” I replied in my heart. Then why are you worrying? He spoke to my heart. “Because I need to know the answers!” I said. I have so incredibly much on my mind. I usually do, but this time, so much more. “If you trust me, why do you need to know the answers?”    “I guess I don’t trust you the way I thought I did,” I replied.…

Don’t Turn Back  “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 I knew when I was given 24 hours’ notice to evacuate from coastal South Carolina with Hurricane Matthew making its vicious, violent way up the southeast coast that God was sending me back to the Virginia / DC area from where I had moved just over six years ago, and, despite several options for much closer by places to evacuate, I knew I needed to obey. Just weeks before, I had sensed the Lord telling me I would start traveling again and that He would send me back to the Virginia area, but it was hard to believe. After all, I had not been away for a…

HELP NEEDED. HURRICANE EVACUEES. FOSTER AND PERMANENT HOMES NEEDED IN LOUDOUN COUNTY VIRGINIA for Walk by Faith Ministry’s special needs & senior rescued dogs, evacuated from SC several days ago. Wheelchair dogs have placement. The seniors who are more active need safe & loving foster and/or permanent homes. DONATIONS ALSO NEEDED TO HELP WITH EVACUATION AND MINISTRY AS A WHOLE. Please call 843-338-2219. You can learn more about Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com Perhaps you would consider forwarding this to friends and family in this area, and to pray most importantly of all! Love and blessings, Lara

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